Sometimes a restaurant comes into your sphere and you wonder where it’s been all your life. You don’t know how you ever lived without its agnolotti cacio e pepe, which melts in your mouth creating an explosion of flavor. Or the signature lobster fettucine. Then there’s the crudo. Mind. Blown. This place is special, and Alice restaurant one to add to your standby neighborhood spot.
We discovered Alice through their sister restaurant, Osteria 57, another gem of a find. When you look up the address, you will likely say, “I walk by there all the time”. Chances are though, you have not yet stopped in, to one of the best neighborhood Italian joints in the city. It’s also a place that you can actually get a reservation without pledging your first born. You’ll return again and again. Here’s our review of Alice restaurant.
On the charming stretch of W. 13th with small neighborhood restaurants, Alice restaurant is your go-to Italian spot. For the summer and warmer months, they have outdoor sidewalk tables on the relatively quiet street. Indoors though is a vibe-y wine bar where their personality really shines through. Music, dark and intimate atmosphere and decor that’s elevated rustic make it a great spot for a 2nd date and beyond.
This is the reason you come to Alice restaurant. Alice is one of the more unique Italian concepts, because they are a seafood and lobster bar. They don’t serve any meat dishes, and keep it exclusive pescatarian and veg. They shine bright in this vertical, as it’s clearly their sweet spot. Oysters are brought in fresh daily from Montauk, and the crudo is one of the best, if not the best, in the city. In summer, they have a wild Montauk sea bass crude with fennel, lime and Fresno chili. The halibut is also a standout dish, that’s cooked perfectly unlike most spots that over-cook this beautiful fish.
Now let’s talk pasta. Any of the pastas are a must, where the lobster fettuccine is their house specialty. On the basics, the red sauce spaghetti and vongole linguine are classics that are executed beyond what you can make at home. These should not be passed over as basic if that’s what you’re craving. The raviolis change according to the specials, and are a yes, no matter what iteration they have for the day.
The front of house hosts are generally good, though there is one person who is a little less friendly than the others. He’s the only one that didn’t match the neighborhood vibe of Alice, but everyone else was terrific. The waitstaff is lovely and when you become a regular they add an extra element of welcome to your experience.